Interdental Cleaning

Cleaning between your teeth is an essential part of your oral hygiene routine. Interdental brushes or flossing are effective ways of removing plaque and food debris from those narrow spaces. Interdental brushes come in various sizes and allow you to clean in between your teeth above the gum line.

Dental floss is a soft thread that comes in different thicknesses to cater for varying gap sizes. Interdental cleaning should be carried out at least once a day to help prevent tooth decay and stop plaque turning into hard tartar, which can irritate the gums and lead to gum disease.

Benefits

Interdental brushes

Flossing

You may experience some tenderness and bleeding when you first use floss, but this is normal and should diminish after a while. If bleeding does continue, you should arrange to see your dentist.

If you find it tricky to floss, there are aids available, such as ‘Y’ shaped holders, which can make the cleaning process much easier.

Don’t forget youngsters also need to floss, so as soon as your children have teeth that touch, you can introduce this interdental cleaning method to their oral hygiene routine.

Poor dental health has been linked to certain serious conditions, such as heart disease and strokes, so flossing can be beneficial for the rest of your body too.

Testimonials

When I first went to Graham I was petrified of dentists. Now, not only do I have a fantastic smile that I am proud of for the first time in my life, I actually look forward to going to see him and his team who have been fabulous to me and have helped to build my confidence in more ways than one. Lovely people and a talented dentist - funny too! Rachel Baker
Last year I found I required four root canal fillings. I was terrified of what lay ahead; I had heard such horror stories that panic set in. I can honestly say that I found the root canal fillings totally painless and Giles was superb. He explained everything to me in detail and allayed my fears. He even had a DVD player with a screen on the ceiling so I watched the test match and also films of my choice whilst having the work done. After the anaesthetic wore off, I had only minimal discomfort that was relieved by simple analgesia. All the staff at LHDP Smilecare have been wonderful throughout my year of extensive treatment and I can honestly say I no longer dread going to the dentist. Jo Mitchell
Thank you for all the excellent treatment, i.e. Implants, titanium bridge and crowns. I truly am delighted and you really have given me back my smile. Thank you once again Diane Cocks
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